BREAKING: Obama condemns attacks in Libya
September 12th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Obama condemns attacks in Libya

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya.

"The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these acts," the president said, vowing justice for the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

"We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done," he added.

Stevens "died in a country that's still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war."

Obama will visit the State Department after his remarks at The White House, according to a release from his office.


Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Libya • President Obama
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  1. GI Joe

    I'll take a cool head (Obama) over a hot-head knee-jerk reactionary (Romney) every day of the week.

    Obama/Biden 2012 for a calm steady hand Forward

    September 12, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Sam

    It is a lot easier for Romney to criticize Obama because he is not sitting in the hot seat – he wouldn't know what he would have done AND more importantly if whatever he would have done would have even worked in a place we have no control over.

    September 12, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Clearly these heinous acts were carried out by extremists. The President assured me in his speech that justice will be served. That's all I needed to hear. On top of that, I find it deplorable that people insult other faiths with false depictions. They're just as responsible as the people who carried out these acts of violence.

    September 12, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done," he added."

    Standing with you, Mr. President. Standing with you 100%.

    September 12, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Really?

    Stevens "died in a country that's still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war."

    And who doubts they will emerge as a nation controlled by the Mus lim Bro ther hood just like Egypt?
    This brutal act was, apparantly, in retaliation for a YouTube video interpretation of what Is lam is all about. So... now we will see if our administration will bow to Is lam.

    September 12, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Expat American

    A terrible tragedy.

    September 12, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    "We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done," he added."

    According to the GOP this is an apology.

    September 12, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. eciam

    Outrage, of course you are Mitt. Lifted the embargo an hour and a half early an excuse to throw more criticism at president Obama!
    You get no respect from me, you just couldn't wait!

    September 12, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Ronda in Houston,TX

    President Obama means what he says. Thank you.

    September 12, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Woman In California

    Mr. President, I know you will do what's best for the country, and I feel confident knowing you are in control of this situation. However, President Romney (sarcasm) addressed this issue earlier, not knowing the details (as usual), or the circumstances involving the situation. Instead, he chose to open his ignorant, uninformed, mouth and try to score political points. When will these people learn to keep their mouths shut and try to remember ONE president at a time.

    September 12, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. WhatNow

    Thank you Mr. President for not making your comments political or a campaign speech.

    September 12, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. eciam

    "We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done," he added."

    According to the GOP this is an apology.
    We all know the GOP mindset, What's good is very bad, and what is very bad is very good!

    September 12, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    An attack on one of our embassy is the exact same thing as an attack on our soil... Mr. President...

    September 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Candy Taylor

    I have no doubt that he will bring the people responsible to justice. If you don't believe it ask Ben Laden! Oh wait he's dead!

    September 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. TheTraveler

    The GOP will seize on any dialogue from the Obama Administration and call it weak or apologetic. Romney's comments yesterday were just plain disgusting. I"m expecting to see comments from McCain here shortly ...

    September 12, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. violet edwards

    I think its so terrible for Romney to use something like this to better his self in the poles I guess there is no shame in him.But when did he ever have to deal with the war,he had 5 boys were any of them in a war Know they got to go to collage.I have a nephew in the service and he is so proud of what he has done for his country and he still living it.I have 2 sons they didnt get a chance to go in the service they were both sick.But i have the most respect for what are service guys do and will always have the upmost respect for all of them.

    September 12, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. lakelevel

    Yes Mr. President, a sternly worded statement will sure show them.

    September 12, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Really?, do you think the constant stream of attacks on Islam coming from people who don't care if Americans die as the result of their irresponsible exercise of free speech might have something to do with these incidents, or do you just ignore that because its inconvenient to your narrative? My nephew will be placed in greater harms' way when he deploys in 6 weeks, do you even care that Americans will suffer because of someone else's actions?

    September 12, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Dean Hammond

    As Mitt Romney calls for launching attacks by our troops on anyone who he feels need his moral direction, at what point will any of his sons leave their jet skis and join our volunteer military, as even British Royalty has in their military. While Mitt himself toured France during Vietnam Nam to spread his Mormon message, it seems he feels his protected children's attempt to make him president is adequate patriotic participation now while he calls for those left with a military career as heir only job choice left in our country, to attack and die for our right to attack other's religious beliefs. His convoluted positions are deeply shallow
    He is the biggest anti-patriot, ignorant and arrogant.
    When his sons will be signing up for military service for the country which he has undermined, with his own tax avoidance, and perhaps evasion. Let's see your returns Mitt, your word alone is worthless.

    September 12, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Thomas Jefferson

    Once again, Obama the apologist. Oh wait.

    September 12, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done,"
    -------------------------------------------------
    There is NO DOUBT in my mind of that under your leadership Mr. President.
    We trust you Mr. President to act judiciously and in the right time.
    We stand united with you.

    September 12, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. broadbo

    Sounds like Al Qaeda to me, what citizen would have access to rocket propelled gernades. US administration is again caught off guard.

    September 12, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And make no mistake, justice will be done,"
    -------------------------------------------------
    I just wanted to repeat those words from our President.
    By the way, has someone informed The Twit that FOUR Americans were killed, including the ambassador, not just a "consulate worker"?
    How pathetic is Romney in his quest to score political points with absolutely NO information whatsoever.

    September 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. WiredWeirdinSF

    Hopefully he will condemn the Chicago Teachers Union which is the same type of organization.

    September 12, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. ExRepublican

    Thank you Obama for being a good president. Romney is disgrace to our country.
    4 more years Obama

    September 12, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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